Bones: Season 6
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After a much-needed break, forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) return to the Jeffersonian Institute, along with their team of investigative "squints," for another darkly humorous season of murder, mystery, controversy and chemistry. In addition to a vast array of personal crises, ranging from Angela's secret pregnancy to Booth's new relationship with a beautiful reporter, the team tackles a complex caseload of gruesome crimes that includes facing a murderous Chupacabra, a trip to the Jersey Shore, the final return of the Gravedigger, and a vigilante sniper with a deadly link to Booth's past.
The opening moments of Bones's sixth season finds its main characters Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI agent Booth (David Boreanaz) separated by extreme distances, before being awkwardly reunited to aid a colleague. As far as metaphors go, it's a rather fitting one for a show that fumbles a bit with the established formula, before regaining its winning mix of light office banter and extremely grody crime scenes. (For the squeamish, said gnarly moments this time around include some steroid-juiced super maggots, a splattery bowling alley scenario straight out of a pre-censorship Tales from the Crypt comic, and an exploding head that puts David Cronenberg's notorious Scanners to shame.) Picking up seven months after the previous season, these 23 episodes find the team uneasily attempting to regain their chemistry within the Jeffersonian Museum, a task made especially difficult by the appearance of Booth's new girlfriend (Katheryn Winnick), an ambitious war reporter whose presence throws Dr. Brennan into unfamiliar emotional territory. Promising as such a shakeup is in theory, however, it proves awkward in practice, with the entertainingly implacable self-assurance of Deschanel's character tipping over into outright arrogance. Once the status quo is regained in the second half of the season, though, Bones really starts to regain its cruising speed, balancing out some nicely goofy one-offs (look out for the Chupacabra!) with the overarching storylines, which include an unexpected development in the marriage between Angela (Michaela Conlin) and Dr. Hodgins (T.J. Thyne), and a recurring threat from a vengeful sniper, all culminating in a reveal that promises to permanently alter the relationship of the lead characters. While not without its missteps--most notably an awkward backdoor pilot for the short-lived spinoff The Finder--there are ultimately enough solid moments here to ensure that fans will stay tuned. When a show can follow up a screamingly gross candy-factory mishap with an understated Oompa-Loompa reference, it's a sign that things are back to firing on all cylinders. --Andrew Wright
Audio Commentary – The Blackout in the Blizzard
The Daredevil in the Mold – Extended Episode
The Bikini in the Soup – Extended Episode
The Visual Effects of Bones
The Killing Pilot Episode
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BONES supports the contention that a guy and a girl, especially if they're both hotties, cannot be friends without eventually becoming more than friends. And, yes, this applies even to someone as detached and clinical as the world's foremost forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance Brennan. It's BONES' sixth season and, as ever, the sparks fly between our two leads. How cool is that?
As we saw in the Season 5 closer, our crime-solving squints have scattered to the winds. FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth has been recalled to active military duty. Dr. Brennan is traipsing thru Indonesia in search of man's true origins. Hodgins and Angela are in France. And the heart-broken Sweets had gone on sabbatical and become a goateed piano player in some bar. It would take seven months and Dr. Cam Saroyan's dire straits at the Jeffersonian Institute to reunite the old gang. The Season Six opener ("The Mastodon in the Room") reminds us that Bones can still deliver a smackdown as she wipes the jungle floor with a crew of armed guerrilas.
Six seasons into it, BONES is still my favorite show on television. I'm still savoring that blend of police procedural, slightly futuristic forensics, terrific humor, and addictive relationship drama. I don't know how the showmakers keep coming up with interesting ways to present the icky corpse. Agent Booth and the squints from the Jeffersonian Institute take on challenging cases, whether it's a homicide victim found in a giant chocolate bar ("The Babe in the Bar") or one mauled by the mythical chupacabra ("The Truth in the Myth") or one grounded up in the pin setting machine of a bowling alley ("The Change in the Game") or melted into the dashboard of an exploded truck ("The Twisted Bones in the Melted Truck").
There are several pivotal episodes. In "The Mastodon in the Room," Booth confesses to Brennan he's in love with a lovely investigative reporter he met during his recent Army tour. This new relationship dynamics would have Brennan reassessing her own feelings for Booth. In "The Doctor in the Photo," Brennan is strangely affected by a murdered cardiac surgeon who resembles Brennan in uncanny ways. This episode would also give us the half-Latin, half-gibberish phrase "Ipso facto Columbo Oreo," which I love. "The Bullet in the Brain" features the return of the Gravedigger and introduces this season's recurring big bad, a vigilante sniper from Booth's military past. In the bottle episode "The Blackout in the Blizzard" a blizzard cuts off power city-wide and confines Booth and Brennan in an elevator and the squints at the lab while still having to investigate a case involving a potential viral outbreak. "The Hole in the Heart" offers the resolution (for now) of Booth's pursuit of the vigilante sniper. "The Change in the Game" is the season finale and drops one of those awesome reveals that makes you go "What the what?!!" Meanwhile, "The Signs in the Silence" may be the most emotional, tearjerky episode of this season as the squints attempt to dig into the past of an abused deaf/mute teenaged girl who may have committed a fatal stabbing.
Less pivotal but very fun are "The Shallow in the Deep," which has Booth, Bones, and Sweets ending up on a cougar cruise while following leads to a murder, and "The Body in the Bounty" guest-stars David Alan Grier as the "amazing" Professor Bunsen Jude "The Science Dude" who asks Bones to go on his kid's television science show if he acquits himself well as the intern in her current case. Speaking of which, the oddball cast of rotating "squinterns" is back, and it's neat that the show's writers have given them even more back story. I also appreciated that Booth's new girlfriend, Hannah, is treated as a believable character instead of, say, being stereotyped as the predictable witch. I like that Hannah and Bones - and, for that matter, Hannah and Booth's young son - are good friends.
In Emily Deschanel's hands, Dr. Temperance Brennan continues to be a wonderful character. Bones is still socially awkward, still unfailingly blunt, is at all times literal. But she's still trying. And she's progressed far enough that she's even trying to crack jokes (bad jokes, excruciatingly unfunny jokes, but that's not the point). Deschanel allows you to see the painful vulnerability in Bones and the heart beneath the icy, abrasive surface. Deschanel and Boreanaz's chemistry continues to be unbeatable. For those who've been keening for progress in the "Will they, won't they?" department, several episodes address this concern.
Six discs to this complete Season 6 Collection containing all 23 episodes. Bonus stuff as follows:
- Audio Commentary on 2 episodes: "The Doctor in the Photo" (with Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan and Jan Toynton) and "The Blackout in the Blizzard" (with David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel)
- Two Extended Episodes ("The Daredevil in the Mold" & "The Bikini in the Soup")
- "Breaking Down: The Blackout in the Blizzard," an episode directed by David Boreanaz (00:08:12 minutes long)
- The Visual Effects of BONES (00:11:39 minutes)
- Gag Reel (00:04:23 minutes)
- THE KILLING pilot episode
While I admit I am a 'shipper for Bones and Booth, plot-device Hannah was *possibly* needed (trying to be positive and give the benefit of the doubt here!) to give Bones and Booth an emotional kick in the butt to see what - or more likely, who - is right in front of their faces. But I won't lie: I was relieved when she left...and David Boreanaz's performance after Hannah's rejection gets major kudos from me. But fate had other plans, in the form of a tragic event with one of the squints and the aftermath that led straight to the finale.
And the supporting cast and their stories - most especially, Angela/Hodgins and the birth of their baby - also helped to add to the good and blur the bad, for me.
It will be most interesting to see where the final few minutes of the finale takes us for Season 7. In any case, thanks to the upswing, I have pre-ordered this season's DVD set.
Because, for me, even Season 6 "Bones" is better than most of the reality crap and other shows on TV now.
But it will be a long wait 'til November 3rd's premiere! So the DVD set should nicely fill the longer gap (due to baseball and Emily Deschanel's pregnancy!).
Update (07/11/11): Though Amazon does not yet have the date, TVShowsOnDVD.com says the set - on both DVD and Blu-Ray - will be released on October 4, 2011 (with a very tiny sneak peek of the possible cover art)!
Update #2 (08/10/11): The finalized date per TVShowsOnDVD.com is for October 11th. You can see all details there.
That's my one problem with Season 6. After SIX ENTIRE SEASONS of building up to Booth and Brennan finally overcoming their fear and trusting each other enough to be together, all we see is some hand-holding and tears. Brennan sits on Booth's bed to be comforted, he holds her, END SCENE. Not even so much as a single passionate kiss after all of the anticipation and WILL THEY WON'T THEY drama.I would have liked a little more confirmation that they did in fact have sex. Instead, we're left with Brennan smiling mysteriously at Angela, which is just annoying. She doesn't even SAY, "Yes, we did, it was awesome thanks." She just smiles.
And, in the final episode of the season, I admit I expected some obvious affection/sign that they were actually together. We didn't get that, either. At the very end we get confirmation that they had sex by way of Brennan telling Booth that she's pregnant with his child. Which is great, BUT STILL. Not even so much as a peck on the lips!
I guess I feel a little cheated after so much chemistry and the long process of watching them fall in love; it would have been nice to see some smooches.
1. The Mastodon In The Room
2. The Couple In The Cave
3. Maggots In The Meathead
4. The Body And The Bounty
6. The Shallow In The Deep
7. The Babe In The Bear
8. The Twisted Bones In The Melted Truck
9. The Doctor In The Photo
11. The Bullet In The Brain
12. The Sin In The Sisterhood
14. The Bikini In The Soup
15. The Killer In The Crosshairs
18. The Truth In The Myth
19. The Finder
20. The Pinocchio In The Planter
21. The Signs In The Silence
22. The Hole In The Heart
if you have not seen this season then I recommend you do
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